Clematis, Early Large-flowered, Double Clematis 'Belle of Woking'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Belle of Woking
Hybridized by Jackman
Registered or introduced: 1875
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Early Large-flowered


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

White/Near White

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Medium - 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:

Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California

Elk Grove, California

Crestview, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Carmel, Indiana

Olathe, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Chalmette, Louisiana

Frederick, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Columbia, Missouri

Grandview, Missouri

Southold, New York

West Valley, New York

East Bend, North Carolina

Gibsonville, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Dublin, Ohio

Owasso, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Christiana, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Bow, Washington

Edison, Washington

Jim Falls, Wisconsin

Mc Farland, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 7, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Blackened crispy leaves are often due to a common fungal disease called clematis wilt. Large-flowered clematis are more prone to clematis wilt than the species and small-flowered hybrids.

Clematis and tomatoes are two exceptions to the usual rule, and are best planted 6 inches deeper than the soil level in the pot. This protects the stem bases from mechanical damage, and helps prevent clematis wilt, whose fungus enters where there's damage. It also helps keep the roots cool.

Many small-flowered hybrids are spectacular in flower, and long-blooming. I consider them indispensable, especially th... read more


On Sep 7, 2009, petonegirl from Wellington,
New Zealand wrote:

I am from New Zealand & in my region the comparable Zone would be zone 7a-7b...... I have grown Clematis for over 15 yrs & Bell of Woking is my worst nightmare.... I hav over 15 other clematis double & single that I hav grown with no problems.. with the exception of a couple with wilt.... but this one drives me nuts..... the first 2 I grew from a different garden & soil sulked & lost in my present garden with new plant I swore that after 4 yrs of it sulking that I would spade it..... it now has decided to send strong new growth.... but I envy all u gardeners that hav no problems with it....


On Apr 14, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is tough as nails. I pulled three of these out of an almost dead sale plant sale over one year ago. They have resided in the very same pots neglected under shade in the back yard nursery area until now and they have lived and grown back like champs without any help from me. I will finally plant them and post pics when they bloom. Looking forward to seeing what they do with care! Susan


On Nov 23, 2006, cofieck6 from Wichita, KS wrote:

The flower on this plant is so beautiful. It is November 23, 2006 in Wichita, Ks and my plant is blooming. I thought that I would have to wait until spring to see its first bloom. There is a bud getting ready to bloom and it looks like it is going to make it . We have had several nights below freezing and my clemetis still looks healthy among all the other dead plants. This plant really made my day!!!!. Very hardy


On May 15, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the most beautiful clematis of them all. Belle's blooms are very double and striking, even when they aren't opened all the way yet.


On Apr 24, 2005, ppowers from Owasso, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is the third season for this plant and it is blooming profusely right now. It was a little spindly last year and I wasn't sure it would make the winter, but it did and it is blooming.


On Mar 25, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grows in heavier shade than I would have expected, hardy and doesn't need pamering for all that it looks delicate.

Fairly vigorous, it held it's own against what could only be called a monster of an established purple clematis on the same trellis, it's been putting up multiple flowers reliably since planted. Not as many as the smaller flowered varieties, but definetly not sparse.

Only one flush of bloom, but the flowers last for a very long time and are impressively full. Rain does damage the flowers somewhat. They ball up and get brown around the edges much the way peonies do. Likewise, the flowers are somewhat more hidden within the leaves than would be optimal.

Overall, very pleased with it. The blooms are very delicate and exotic looking for... read more


On Dec 11, 2004, sadie_mae from Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this plant. It seems to have been a little slower in establishing than others that I have, but this summer the blooms were awesome.


On Jun 9, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

This was one of my first clematis, and I just love it. Beautiful and LOTS and LOTS of bloom! I've never had a bit of trouble with it, and would highly recommend it if you like the fully double blossoms. It really is a show stopper! Mine is planted where it gets some afternoon gets VERY hot in full sun in Oklahoma!